This Favorite Pies list was inspired by a high-topped apple pie I saw at Lou’s in Hanover. I’d been in kind of a baking rut, but that pie motivated me to go through all my pie recipes and get back to the kitchen.
Favorite Pies for 2019
Without a doubt, this is our family’s favorite pumpkin pie. None of us really love pumpkin pie so much as we love the idea of it at Thanksgiving, but this one always satisfies and is easy to throw together.
Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Pumpkin Pie
Originally from Luby’s, this Butternut Brownie Pie is light, sweet and fun to put together. I was never quite sure how they got the name considering it has nothing to to with chocolate brownies, but I think original brownies may have been more like brown sugar so maybe this pie’s name is connected with the original non-chocolate brownies??? All I know is Luby’s served it and my mother loves it.
I never thought Buttermilk Pie would show up on a Favorites list, but over the years we’ve come to appreciate this pie. I have two versions which are both awesome. If you don’t think so, let me know and then send a better one.
Powdered Buttermilk Pie (made with Saco)
When it comes to Chocolate Cream Pies, this is the recipe I tend to go back to over and over.
I also like Earl’s Chocolate Pie which is simple, inexpensive and more satisfying than you’d think considering it only has 3 T. cocoa powder. Once you add all the whipped cream and toppings, it’s a very good pie. That being said, the pie people really seem to like from this blog is one I call Chocolate Cream Pie with a No-Bake Crust which is made with condensed milk (so foolproof).
Is there such thing as a bad Key Lime Pie? Probably, but most all Key Lime Pie is pretty good, and these are my top two recipes. The first is what I make for weeknight desserts and the second one is for company or parties. The Ritz crust takes it to the next level.
Key Lime Pie Without Eggs
Atlantic Beach Pie with a Ritz Crust
Apple Pie. Sigh. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but over the years people have really enjoyed Apple Pie with Broiled Apples. Personally, I like Stella Parks’ version with macerated apples, but I also really just love this Basic Apple Pie. When I don’t feel like making a top crust, I make Cindy’s Mom’s Apple Pie which is Dutch apple with a crumb crust.
For a great cherry pie in November, I recommend using Trader Joe’s Morello Cherries and making this cherry pie filling. You can use it in a free form tart or you can make a basic cherry pie like this Cherry Crumb Pie. The crumb pie is the one I make most often.
Oh man, I’m so glad it’s November because it’s truly the season for pecan pie because we just love this Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. It only has a tiny bit of bourbon, but you can really taste it. As far as traditional pecan pie goes, these are still probably my two favorite pecan pies.
I could go on all day with this list, but I’m only going to add one more. This Pick Your Flavor Pudding Pie is really fun to make and difficult to mess up. Plus you can change up the flavor by using different pudding.
Such a great list!!!
Thanks for the list – I am tasked with making two pies for my daughter’s Friendsgiving. One will be my traditional pumpkin pie (another recipe from my mother, more of a pumpkin custard, do you want the recipe?). But my daughter doesn’t like it and has given me the choice for the other and I am totally undecided. The frozen Marionberries at a store here are tempting me…
Sue, thanks for reminding me about the Key Lime Pie with cream cheese in it. That’s a good one. That Atlantic Beach Pie is good mainly because of its crust.
I may add to this list because there are a lot of other good ones.
The key lime pies I’ve made from Cookie Madness were this one: https://www.cookiemadness.net/2014/10/26/key-lime-pie-recipe-cream-cheese/
And one called Best Key Lime Pie. We loved them both.
How did you come up with so many recipes I haven’t tried!? I’ve made and loved the broiled apple pie and Stella Park’s apple pie.
Key Lime is always a favorite and I’ve made and been very happy with one of your recipes but I don’t believe it was either of the ones you mentioned.
Totally agree with you about pumpkin pie. Meh. Fortunately my family feels the same way.
Love pecan pie. Once again haven’t made the ones you linked to. My problem with pecan pie if finding enough other people to help eat it. It isn’t for the calorie conscious. LOL!
I had my first buttermilk pie at a restaurant in Texas last year. It was the best thing I ate there.
I’ve become somewhat obsessed with anything Stella Parks has to say about pie especially meringue pies.
Thanks for this list. All I know is that I’ll make apple pie for one of the Thanksgiving celebrations. Beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.